Doctor Who: Reece Shearsmith to play Patrick Troughton in An Adventure In Space And Time

News Louisa Mellor 18 Feb 2013 - 08:07

Mark Gatiss' The League of Gentleman chum, Reece Shearsmith, is to play the Second Doctor in anniversary docudrama...

The lucky swines at the Radio Times have broken another exclusive for Mark Gatiss' forthcoming An Adventure in Space and Time, revealing this morning that the man behind the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, is to be played by regular Gatiss collaborator, Reece Shearsmith.

Gatiss told the magazine: “I first asked Reece about twelve years ago when I started thinking about this project. We were in the midst of The League of Gentlemen and I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece. Like the second Doctor, he’s small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. He thought it was a fantastic idea and I’ve kind of nurtured it all this time."

Somewhat surprisingly, Shearsmith is yet to appear in an episode of Doctor Who proper, though Gatiss describes him as being "lightly dipped" in the serial over the years: "Reece has a funny relationship with Doctor Who – mostly to do with impressions of the Borad from Timelash! He and a friend were obsessed with season twenty-two. One of my earliest memories of Reece is him going, ‘I am the Borad!’ He’ll do the whole of Timelash at the drop of a hat. Which is a strange qualification. He’s not steeped in Doctor Who like I am, but has been lightly dipped over the years. I know he’s delighted to be a part of An Adventure in Space and Time.” 

Radio Times

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is this implying that the narrative for this show isn't going to be straightforward? Why would they include Troughton if the special is about getting the show on the air for the first time?

Steve Pemberton as the Third Doctor. You read it here first.

My thoughts exactly.

It'd be nice if those who've chosen to play Hartnell / Troughton in this could reprise the roles in the 50th anniversary special. Would perhaps help ease us into accepting a recast.

What's all this shouting? We'll have no trouble here. This is a local TARDIS for local people, there's nothing for you here!

Getting Doctor Who started pretty much covers everything pre An Unearthly Child up until Power of the Daleks, the lead actor needed to bow out due to his worsening health and the Beeb could have just ended the series after 3 years but instead they invented a renewal process that would enable a new leading man to take over! plus most the BBC series biopics skip through the years.

Just spat me tea over the bloody monitor,thanks alot Edward :D

"alles klar" ...

Ironically the pair of them were sat beside me at the BFI screening of Tomb of the Cybermen the other week. Guess it all makes sense now.

I wonder if they'll bookend it with a '50 years later...' style epilogue with Smith et al as themselves working on the 50th special

I think its got a lot to do with the way the special plays out. From what I can gather it goes through all the Hartnel years, and his anger at being replaced / edged out / made to retire etc. And so Reece will be in it as Patrick T his replacement the second Doctor. So I think its going to cover all of Hartnels run, and his failing health and leading up to him having to leave. That will be the drama part of it, you will be feeling sorry for him having to go, seeing as how he was the one that started the show. At the time he believed he was the only reason the show worked, and without him there could be no Doctor Who, so no doubt it will show his shock in realising he has to leave and is being replaced....Maybe it will also carry on showing what he did for a while after leaving, and him having to watch his replacment Pat Troughton on screen at some point etc.

This is very interesting. I also thought that the special was just about getting DW on the air. I had no idea it was going to be about the entire Hartnell era. I'm curious as to how the ordeal of Hartnell's possible replacement during "The Celestial Toymaker" will play out (or actually, how it DID play out!) Really looking forward to this special as well as the upcoming 7th series 2nd half and the 50th Anniversary special.

I'm wondering who they could have cast as Anneke Wills and Michael Craze since the screenplay seems to include the production of the regeneration.Notice they've made an announcement that somebody is even playing Jackie Lane,so i suppose that means the making of the celestial toymaker when the producers seriously considered replacing Hartnell initially is part of the story.

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